KCOM has announced the appointment of Johan Dennelind as Chairman of its Board of Directors, as a part of his relationship with Macquarie Asset Management as an industry advisor.

Johan will join KCOM and lead the Board effective immediately, replacing Nathan Luckey who will step down as Chair but remain as a Director on the Board of KCOM.

Johan brings with him significant experience in the telecoms industry and has led several telecommunication businesses, including the Telia Company as the President and CEO between 2013 and 2019. Telia Company is a listed multinational telecommunications company and mobile network operator operating across Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway.

Johan said he was delighted to be joining KCOM as it embarks on the next chapter of its transformation as a regional powerhouse of full fibre broadband connectivity. Johan’s focus will be to provide strategic industry and market advice to KCOM while supporting and providing direction to KCOM’s executive leadership team.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining KCOM, at what is a very exciting time for the business as it continues to lead from the front as a pioneer in the UK’s full fibre broadband industry. I’m looking forward to working closely with the rest of the board, KCOM’s leadership team, and Macquarie Asset Management to consolidate the huge steps forward the business has taken in recent years while also planning for a successful future.”

Also joining Johan on the board will be Fiona Goldsmith who will bring her considerable and wide-ranging business and finance experience to KCOM. Fiona is a chartered accountant whose career has spanned several executive leadership and Non-executive roles. Fiona will Chair the Audit and Risk sub-committee of the KCOM Board of Directors.

Fiona’s latest executive role was as Finance Director at Land Securities Trillium, the UK’s largest commercial property development company. During her tenure as Finance Director the business launched a £1bn infrastructure fund. More recently, Fiona has supported companies with her extensive finance, audit and risk experience acting as Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at public listed UK firms MJ Gleeson Plc and Safestyle UK Plc.

KCOM Chief Executive Tim Shaw, said: “I’m delighted to welcome both Johan and Fiona to KCOM at what is a very exciting time for the business as we continue to grow and expand across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“They bring with them a huge amount of experience of the telecoms and business world and their insight will be invaluable as we continue to build on the successes of recent years.”